2 Corinthians 4:5-10 NLT
5 You see, we don’t go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.
7 We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure.[a] This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.
8 We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. 9 We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. 10 Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.
This passage has meant so much to us in the past few weeks. Our family is about two months into a very difficult foster placement. We knew it was going to be difficult going in, but I’m glad we did not know to what extent. We surely would have never said yes.
But we did say yes, and because of the yes we have been stretched and taught and challenged beyond belief lately. We may not be enduring Paul’s suffering of snake bites, shipwrecks and stonings, but we are suffering nonetheless. We do feel pressed on every side, perplexed, hunted, and knocked down, but… We know that God is faithful. He has given us that light shining brightly in the fragile jars of our hearts, and he will hold us together. He will not let us break.
So, when we get up everyday, and we wonder how we will do it all, how we will keep it all together, how we will be all that God has asked us to be we know that our great power is from God and not from ourselves. There is great freedom in that. We don’t have to do it all or be it all or make it all happen. Because God is faithful.
Being a foster parents and a TFI Advocates has opened our eyes to the incredible darkness mentioned in this passage. Darkness that desperately needs a shining light. So when we wonder how we will handle the pressures in our own family, much less the great needs in our community we know that we have been given a great light that pierces that darkness. We have been given a light that allows us to know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. So, we continue on, and we trust that by looking on the face of Christ he will keep us from being crushed, keep us from despair and destruction, and he will never abandon us. Because God is faithful.